The Mirador Basin by: Dr. Richard Hansen

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The Mirador Basin Project:

The Cultural and Natural Legacy in the Cradle of Maya Civilization

Intensive multi-disciplinary investigations in the Mirador-Calakmul Basin of northern Guatemala and southern Campeche, Mexico have revealed evidence of an extraordinary fluorescence of ancient Maya civilization in the Preclassic periods of Maya history, centuries before the birth of Christ. The unusual cultural complexity is displayed in the largest ancient Maya cities in the Western Hemisphere, with what may be the largest pyramids in the world in volume, the tallest pyramids in the Americas, the first state-level society in the Western Hemisphere, and the first “freeway” system in the world. Investigations, mapping, and excavations in 51 ancient cities of various sizes in the Mirador Basin have revealed a highly complex society centuries before the traditional Classic periods of Maya history, and provide a new paradigm for the origins, dynamics, and demise of ancient Maya civilization. In addition, the area of the Mirador Basin contains the last remnant of intact tropical forest left in Central America, and the threats of massive deforestation, fracturing of ecosystems, looting, poaching, and now mounting against the area. The Mirador Basin project has conducted extensive studies of flora and fauna in the area, revealing the presence of six types of tropical forest systems within the geographical confines of the basin, and indicating a unique biodiversity that must be protected and conserved for future generations via economic models that are sustainable and realistic through viable tourism.

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Miami Yacht Club

1001 MacArthur Causeway

Miami, FL 33132

United States

Apr 20, 2017

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Contact: Oliver Ruiz

About Dr. Richard Hansen:

Dr. Richard D. Hansen, Ph.D - President, FARES

Dr. Richard D. Hansen is a specialist on the early Maya and is the Director of the Mirador Basin Project in northern Guatemala. He has been leading archaeological research and scientific studies in northern Guatemala for 33 years. He is an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Utah. He was Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University for 8 years and was Senior Scientist at the Institute for Mesoamerican Research at ISU. Prior to that, he was Assistant Research Scientist (Level IV) at the UCLA Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics for 12 years. He is the founder and president of the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES), a non-profit scientific research institution based in Idaho.

He graduated with a Ph.D. in Archaeology from UCLA in 1992 as a National Graduate Fellow, a Jacob Javits National Fellow, the UCLA Hortense Fishbaugh Memorial Scholar, the UCLA Distinguished Scholar (1988), a Fulbright Scholar (Guatemala) (1989-1990), the UCLA Outstanding Graduate Student (1991), and the UCLA Chancellor's Marshall with highest honors (1992). He previously held a double major B.S. degree (cum laude) in Spanish and Archaeology from Brigham Young University in 1978, and a M.S. degree in Anthropology in 1984. He was recently named as “one of 24 individuals that changed Latin America” by the Latin Trade Magazine (Dec. 2013). He was named the 2014 Kislak Lecturer at the U.S. Library of Congress, and the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” of the “Ordre des Arts et Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012. He was awarded the prestigious “Orden del Pop” by Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala in 2012. He was awarded the highest Idaho State University Achievement Award 2009 and was named Environmentalist of the Year in Latin America 2008 by the 161,000 members of the Latin Trade Bravo Business Association. He was awarded the National Order of the Cultural Patrimony of Guatemala by Guatemalan President Oscar Berger in December 2005. He was the founder of the renowned Dialogue of Civilizations Conferences hosted by the National Geographic Society, with recent conferences in Guatemala, Turkey, and China and more scheduled for India and Egypt.

He has published 2 books (one as series editor), and is the editor of three more volumes currently in preparation. In addition, he has published 122 papers and book chapters in scientific and popular publications and has presented more than 301 professional papers and technical reports in scientific formats and symposia throughout the world. He has conducted and/or directed archaeological research in Israel, the U.S.Great Basin, U.S. Southwest, and Central America. Hansen’s research in the remote rainforests of northern Guatemala currently involves scholars from 66 universities and research institutions from throughout the world. As a project, his team has currently published 229 scientific papers, abstracts, and books, and 826 technical reports and scientific presentations, and his team has mapped and excavated in 51 ancient cities in the Mirador Basin.

Hansen’s studies have identified some of the largest and earliest ancient cities in Central America, and his work has been an important contribution to the developmental history of Maya civilization. He was the Co-organizer of the major Maya exhibit from June to October 2011 at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, entitled Maya: From Dawn to Dusk. His work has recently been featured in 27 film documentaries, including National Geographic Specials, the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, Discovery Channel 3Net, ABC's 20/20, 60 Minutes Australia, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Primetime Live, CNN International Untold Stories, CNN Global Challenges, The History Channel, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) of London, Russia 1 Television, Alstom Foundation Films, Timeline Films (London), WGBH Television, and Guatevision. He was the principal consultant for Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto.

Dr. Hansen and his wife, Jody, live with their children in Idaho and Guatema

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